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When Hobbes follows Plato in locating laughter in our "sudden conception of some eminency in ourselves, by comparison with the infirmities of others," he adds that men may laugh at "the follies of themselves past," an important aspect of Faulkner characters such as Ratliff in The Hamlet and Gavin Stevens in The Town.
102) Robinson affirmed his views against proud apparel and contentious behavior by reminding those who established Plymouth that they were "not furnished with any persons of special eminency above the rest.
Stone's nephew, Charles Stoakes, wrote that his uncle carried out repairs to St Paul's Cathedral, and built Goldsmiths' Hall, but 'strangely makes no mention of them in either of his two books', and went on to say that the mason 'did many more workes of Eminency in many places'.